170×170 day 85 24.7.15 :) half way there!!

85 24.7.15 rondeau ballad 170x170


The boatman rows the wobbly boat

Across the elegant fort’s moat

Muscles in his old arms ripple and play

In rhythm with body his oars sway

Summer sun blaze parches his throat.


His only mean to keep afloat

In tough days his own house boat

To supply food in home tray

The boatman rows.


Sometimes he hears them gloat

Rich men he ferries across moat

How they live how they play

Not a single glance they cast his way

Not a single one tips him stout

The boatman rows.




Rondeau Rules:

The rondeau is a form of verse also used in English language poetry. It makes use of refrains, repeated according to a certain stylized pattern. It was customarily regarded as a challenge to arrange for these refrains to contribute to the meaning of the poem in as succinct and poignant a manner as possible. The rondeau consists of thirteen lines of eight syllables, plus two refrains (which are half lines, each of four syllables), employing, altogether, only three rhymes. It has three stanzas and its rhyme scheme is as follows: (1) A A B B A (2) A A B with refrain: C (3) A A B B A with concluding refrain C. The refrain must be identical with the beginning of the first line.


A sweet fairy girl

Lived in meadow green

Hidden she stayed always

Never was she seen.


Then one day she

Heard a sweet sound

That changed her heart

Turned her world around.


She followed that melody

And soon she met

A beautiful elf and

That meeting changed their fate.


Now they live together

You may even see

them dancing together

right beside the sea.


They played solos well

But when together they

Make the earth dance

And make the heavens sway.


Rules of Ballad: I will request you to explore the rules of ballad yourself. I read quite a handful of them and thought that it’s quite a liberal style of poem with varying size of stanzas and other things. Go ahead and explore them. I have zeroed on two things- telling a story, using four line stanzas with rhyming 2nd+4th line.


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